How your bid is processed is determined by requirement status and event pattern details. It is possible that there are no bidders flagged as May Go. See Must Go Bidders and Junior Assign for more information on how to determine these qualities.
The N-PBS Scheduler considers all administrator requirements and bid preferences in seniority order as follows:
1. Satisfy all Must Go requirements
2. Satisfy at least the minimum May Go requirements or, failing that, satisfy as many May Go requirements as possible
3. Allocate all seats on all training patterns with the Junior Assign flag or, failing that, allocate as many Junior Assign seats as possible in total
4. Honor Bid Preferences of the number 1 seniority person as well as possible
5. Honor Bid Preferences of the number 2 seniority person as well as possible
6. Honor Bid Preferences of the number 3 seniority person as well as possible and so on through the training seniority list
How the N-PBS Scheduler Awards Training Patterns
When awarding training patterns the N-PBS Scheduler has several run levels. In each level the N-PBS Scheduler attempts to satisfy the priorities in the order given above. When the N-PBS Scheduler reaches the bid honoring steps it attempts to rearrange awarded training patterns match bid preferences of each bidder in seniority order. As the run levels progress the N-PBS Scheduler uses a wider set of rearrangement techniques.
Run Level Processing Steps:
1. The N-PBS Scheduler makes awards, or rearranges awards to satisfy all Must Go requirements
2. The N-PBS Scheduler makes awards, or rearranges awards to satisfy at least the minimum May Go requirements
3. The N-PBS Scheduler makes awards, or rearranges awards to satisfy-as well as possible-the training patterns flagged as Junior Assign
4. The N-PBS Scheduler, in order of seniority, reads crewmember's bids and attempts to make awards or rearrange awards to honor as many bid preferences as possible - these rearrangement techniques become more complex as the run progresses
View Your Event Pattern Awards
The Results screen displays the Reasons Report explaining how the N-PBS Scheduler handled each of your bid preferences.
The Awards pane, at the top of the screen, displays your absences that you may have before the run was completed. Each absence is displayed on a separate line, arranged chronologically by date and time.
Each bid preference is numbered, and appears on the Reasons report followed by any training patterns that were awarded as a result of the bid preference, and an explanation of how the bid preference affected your award.
Event Reasons Report Definitions
This section explains all of the potential reasons that might appear on your Event Reasons report.
Awarded by previous bids: X X number of event patterns matched this bid preference, and were already awarded by a previous bid
Awarded to senior bidder: event patterns matching this bid preference were already awarded to a bidder with higher seniority than you
Complete Solution Not Found: no rearrangements exist to complete the award (including all juniors) while maintaining all overall administrator constraints.
Not honored: this bid preference was denied
Pre-awarded to junior bidder: this event pattern was pre-awarded to a junior bidder
No event patterns available: no event patterns that met your Avoid Patterns and Prefer Off bid preferences were available to be awarded, usually because too many event patterns were eliminated from the event patterns pool by your Avoid Patterns and Prefer Off bid preferences
Partially honored: this Prefer Off bid preference was used, but there are also event patterns that contradict a portion of this preference. If you submit a range of dates that you want to be free of duty, the N-PBS Scheduler may be able to honor part of the range but not all of it, resulting in a partially honored bid preference.
Required for Junior Must Go bidders: – the event pattern is held by a junior Must Go bidder, no rearrangements can be made to award the bid preference and satisfy the junior's Must Go requirement
[Rule violation]: a legal consideration, prevented this bid preference from being honored The rule is identified in the reason included on your report.
Would violate bid X: this bid violates a previous bid